In Texas, apparently, if you are not the father of a child, and you only met that kid once, you have to pay child support for that child. The reason a Texas man has to pay child support for a child that is not his is because he had already begun paying child support for the child, believing the child was his. After a DNA test proved the child wasn’t his, the man assumed the state would relieve him of the obligation to pay for the child. But, apparently, keeping the commitment the state bound you to commit under false pretenses is more important than the facts in a case that prove you have no legal liability to pay for a child’s upbringing.
A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child whom he did not biologically father and whom he met only once.
In 2003, a child support court in Texas ruled that Gabriel Cornejo, 45, had to pay child support to his ex-girlfriend, who had recently given birth, because she vowed there was no way he wasn’t the rightful dad.
Cornejo, who is currently raising three children of his own and two nephews, claimed he was not made aware of this and only found out about the child support payments last year when a deputy served him with court papers claiming that the state of Texas lists him as having another child. He soon met the minor for the first and only time — describing her as a “wonderful girl” — but after taking a DNA test, learned she was not his after all.
Only Cornejo’s ex-girlfriend and the state still want the $65,000 in back payments.
“I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself of something that I am innocent of,” he said.
Texas’ family code, chapter 161, states that even if one is not the biological father, they still owe support payments that accrued before the paternity test proved otherwise. In Cornejo’s case, that amounts to some $65,000.
A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child whom he did not biologically father and whom he met only once. In 2003, a child suppor…